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April 6, 2015

Samsung May Be Saving Apple Millions

Patent Issue Could Mean No Payout

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Samsung may become an unexpected ally for Apple in an ongoing court case that could cost the iPhone company millions.

Smartflash-620x336-rcm992x0However, Apple may not have to pay if Samsung’s actions pay off in an ongoing patent battle that involves Smartflash LLC. Apple, back in February, was told to pay $533 million to Smartflash after a court ruled iTunes infringed patents owned by the Texas-based company. The catch is, Samsung was also being sued over the same technology but managed to convince the regulators to review whether the initial patents to Smartflash should have ever been granted, Bloomberg reports.

So, in a nutshell, Samsung fought to save itself — which it may be successful in doing — but, at the same time, could very well save its biggest competitor millions of dollars.

Of course, Samsung isn’t launching this fight to aid Apple. The company is supposed to go to trial this summer over the patent issue with Smartflash. It’s likely, though, that trial will be delayed until the patent office reviews Samsung’s newest complaint.

In the interim, the review board of the patent and trademark office, The Register reports, is supposed to review the claims and make a decision on if Smartflash should have ever had the patents.

The patents in question all revolve around access to digital data through payment systems. Each company has patents that apply to the format but are slightly different.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.